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Syed Saddiq Under Attack For Munching In Parliament

Syed Saddiq Under Attack For Munching In Parliament

Akmal Hakim

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Images of Malaysia’s former Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman eating during a Dewan Rakyat sitting are making rounds on social media.

The pictures show the Muar Member of Parliament (MP) sneaking a quick tapau meal at his chair, supposedly during a session of the Second Meeting of the Third Term for Parliament 2020.

The snacking statesmen had apparently annoyed a number of netizens who couldn’t quite swallow the MP’s actions, stating that it was unparliamentary and in disrespect of the Dewan Rakyat’s protocols.

Meanwhile, other social media users came to the MP’s defense, saying that there was nothing wrong with the politician grabbing a bite during a Parliament proceeding.

So is it wrong to be eating inside the Dewan Rakyat?
Short answer, no not really, according to the Standing Orders.

A quick look at the Standing Orders of the Dewan Rakyat will note no specific restrictions against bringing food and beverages into Parliament, nor are there rules against eating during a Dewan Rakyat proceeding.

However, we have yet to hear from the Dewan Rakyat Speaker whether Syed Saddiq should’ve brought enough food for everyone, or sit outside the hall to finish his meal.


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